"Wonderfully teachable content and incredible theme issues." –Becky Tuch, The Review Review

Winter 2017

Issue #62, Joy

This issue captures elusive, unexpected moments of joy. Whether trying to make the most of an audience with the Dalai Lama, worrying about an eighth-grade Dinner Dance, or straining to see the stars in the night sky, contributors find themselves transported beyond distractions, discomforts, and disasters. We also explore the joys of the writing life, from the feel of the perfect pen to the satisfactions of changing readers’ minds.

Plus, writing through grief; tips for having more fun at the writing desk; tiny truths; and more.

Read Now

What's the Story #62 Lee Gutkind

We are most likely to find joy when we're fully absorbed in something and, thus, transported beyond the ordinary distractions and discomforts of daily life. read more

The Joy of Writing Jennifer Niesslein

Using positive psychology to identify the pleasures of putting words on the page read more

Online Reading

It Wasn't Until I Was an Old Woman that I Began to Enjoy Being Beautiful

Toi Derricotte

After a lifetime of self-doubt, embracing the power of making unexpected fashion choices more

How the Mind Works

Dave Madden

The better we understand the brain's processes, the more artful our writing can be.   more


What I Didn't Know

Edited by Lee Gutkind

A collection of riveting, funny, inspirational, and sometimes shocking stories that provide real insight into the hearts and minds of those who teach and those who have been taught. more


Online Classes

SPRING COURSES START APRIL 3, 2017 and include classes on Advanced Memoir & Personal Essay, Audio Storytelling & Podcasting, Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp, Foundations of Creative Nonfiction, Historical Narratives, Spiritual Writing, The Thirty-Minute Memoir, Writing the Personal Essay, and Writing the Tough Stuff.  more




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